She finally had the babies Friday night around 11 pm. I'm always concerned about the outcome when one of my does goes past day 32. Today is day 33. Vivi had 2 very large babies, in a poorly constructed nest with very little wool pulled (first time mom with small litter - not an ideal situation). One survived but was slightly cool. One baby has a tough time surviving without siblings. They all sort of gang up to keep each other warm under the blanket of wool. That left me three choices: leave the single by him/herself and hope for survival, put the new baby in with Angel's 5 day old litter of 8 and hope the new one is strong enough to compete against all those somewhat bigger babies, or take Angel's two smallest babies and convince Vivi she has three survivors. For now, I'm trying option 3, as option one has a slim chance of working, and option 2 puts Vivi's baby at a distinct disadvantage. I've seen does take to fostering without any problems. Vivi is starting out angry, though. First, I took her babies away, something my does seem quite unhappy about. Second, Vivi insisted the nest should not be in the box, but it just isn't safe leaving the babies outside the box. So I rearranged her nest into the box and that had her pretty grumpy.
To introduce kits belonging to another rabbit, I try to disguise the smell of the newcomers. I put the three kits together away from Vivi for a while, snuggled on DH's warm chest while I tended to the nest. I also dragged a paper towel through Vivi's drop pan to pick up her strong scent, then rubbed the babies and the wool with the paper towel, hoping to transfer that scent to the new occupants of the nest. In the first few minutes, Vivi has poked her head in the nest and checked things out. She came out with a foot stomp, so she's not really displaying happy signs. I'm giving her a bit of alone time to let her settle down. I don't want to push too much, but the circumstances seem to require a bit of watching. I may not get a lot of sleep tonight. I prefer my does to do their own mothering, but since this is a first time mom, I'm being a bit more lenient. She should do much better the next time.